The Samuel Bak Museum is situated on Naugarduko St. and functions as a branch of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. This is the first museum in the world devoted solely to the art of this famous painter.
Samuel Bak was born in 1933 in Vilnius. Already at the age of nine he held his first exhibition of drawings. Samuel Bak miraculously survived the Nazi occupation and ended up at a displaced persons camp in Germany. Later the artist lived in Israel and Western Europe. In 1993 Samuel Bak settled down in the United States of America where he continued with his creative endeavours.
According to Samuel Bak, Vilnius has apecial place in his mundane and creative life.
‘The city of my birth is forever etched into my soul. Vilnius, The Jerusalem of Lithuania had been an essential centre of Jewish culture, and a source of Litvak individual pride. Becoming part of my city’s cultural landscape is incredibly meaningful,’ says the artist.
Samuel Bak will spend a week in Vilnius. The artist will take part in the opening events devoted to the new museum, including the official ceremony of bestowing Honorary Citizenship of Vilnius which will take place at the City Hall, have meetings with journalists and society at large, and give a masterclass in painting to art students. The artist will be accompanied by his wife Heidy Josee, their daughters and grandchildren.